Sunday, August 2, 2015

I Saw Grief In a Father's Eyes Today

I Saw Grief In a Father's Eyes Today
By Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee/@GeeGranny on Twitter

Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee ... I met up with pure, raw grief today ... it affected me deeply.  I am walking on this road ... I haven't met up with anyone else before ... whose child has died.

Today Skip and I met up with an old friend of his.  We haven't seen him for years.

We told him that Tommy had died, and I saw pain instantly appear in his eyes.  His son died just months before Tommy died.  I saw the grief in his eyes, on his face.

I could tell the grief made it almost impossible for him to speak.  I knew how he felt ... I'm on that same road in my life.  I didn't press him to talk ... I told him I was so sorry from my Heart.  His son was only 36 years old.

I could almost 'see' the grief ... I looked at him ... I sensed his mind was so full of unspoken grief.  It didn't feel good looking at him ... I sensed he hasn't come as far as I have in coping.  Actually, it hurt me to look at him.

I know no other way of describing what I saw, and what I sensed.  He wasn't the same person I remember.  The light was gone that always seemed to be in him years ago.

His eyes were so ... full of pain.  I saw what people must have seen in my eyes ... gracious.  It hurts me at this moment thinking about his eyes.  I saw raw grief in a father's eyes today.

Author's Note:  Photo/true account of how meeting up with pure/raw grief today affected me ... owned, written by me ... Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee.  My Heart feels so sad for that father.

1 comment:

  1. That is so sad. I can't imagine what a person goes through when losing a child. No matter the age it has got to be horrible. You know you are always in my prayers and I pray for people I don't know too because even though I don't know people personally-----God does. Love, Ms. Nancy